If there’s one thing you can say about Nebraska, it’s that its voters don’t make dramatic changes in the makeup of the state’s lawmakers.
That’s true with party affiliations, even though the Legislature is officially nonpartisan. Republicans added two seats, for a strong majority of 32, while Democrats now hold 17.
That’s significant, because 2021 is the year the Legislature engages in redistricting, which can be contentious. It involves drawing maps for congressional districts and the Legislature’s 49 districts.
The Legislature approved a redistricting reform bill in 2016, but it was vetoed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. The proposal would have created an independent citizens commission to draw proposed maps.